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Area Sports Briefs: East Junior Legion wins, plays at Walkertown tonight

From staff reports

Junior Legion teams are young. East Rowan’s team is younger than most, primarily rising ninth-graders from Erwin Middle School.

East started the season 3-7, but is now 17-11.

East won 13-3  at Staton Field against Walkertown on Friday at Staton Field to even a best-of-three playoff series. It was a tougher game than it sounds. It was 3-all in the sixth. East got out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the sixth, then scored 10 runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Blake White, one of the older East players, pitched into the sixth inning. Cameron Padgett, who was stellar at shorstop most of the game, moved to the mound in the sixth. He got the win.

Austin Fulk swung a hot bat for East with a 3-for-3 night, plus a walk. He had two doubles and drove in five runs.

Padgett had two hits.

Padgett is expected to pitch tonight when the teams play a decisive Game 3 at Walkertown High.

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Mocksville beat Pfafftown, 5-1, in Game 1 on Thursday behind the pitching of Ethan Wilkins, but fell to Pfafftown, 9-4, on   Friday to even their best-of-three, first-round series.

The teams play a decisive Game 3 at Rich Park tonight at 7 p.m.

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Kannapolis Post 115 (NW Cabarrus) plays at home this afternoon at 1 p.m. against Randolph  County.

Randolph won Game 1 on Thursday at home. The teams were washed out on Friday.

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Concord and Cary also were rained out on Friday.

Concord leads the series 1-0 on the strength of a no-hitter by Maven Parker.

The teams play Game 2 today at the Cardinal Gibbons field.

Legion baseball

Northern Division No. 1 seed Randolph County beat Greensboro, 8-7, in 10 innings to open their best-of-five series on Friday.

Luke Hinson produced the decisive hit in the 10th,  driving in Aaron Curry.

Game 2 is tonight at 7 p.m. at Northeast Guilford High School.

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Davidson County surprised High Point, 9-0, in the first game of their best-of-five series on Friday at Finch Field.

Seeded sixth in the Northern Division, Davidson County struggled in the second half of the regular season, but apparently has gotten its second win. Davidson is coming off an upset win against Concord in the first round.

Nathan Burton pitched a shutout for Post 8, and got plenty of offensive support from Holt Biesecker, Luke Bryant, Jed Bryant and  Landon Hilbourn.

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The Kannapolis-Winston-Salem game was washed out on Friday. Game 1 of that best-of-five series was rescheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. at NW Cabarrus.

Pro football

The Iowa Barnstormers,  quarterbacked by former  Livingstone star Drew Powell,   host the Sioux Falls Storm in the IFL’s United Bowl Championship tonight at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:05 p.m.

Powell has completed 154-of-226 passes for 1,604 yards and 34 touchdowns.

Intimidators

The Kannapolis Intimidators were rained out on Friday and play at home tonight vs. Lakewood.

against just four interceptions. Using his versatility as a threat, Powell also rushed for an IFL-leading 945 yards and 23 touchdowns. Powell’s 945 single season rushing yards were second most in IFL history.

While the team entered playoff competition in 2017, the championship appearance is the team’s first-ever during their time in the Indoor Football League. The Barnstormers last championship appearance occurred in 1997, during which time the team was a member of the Arena Football League (AFL) and led by legendary NFL quarterback Kurt Warner.

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